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Korea Wins Bid to Host 27th World Congress of Neurology in 2025 2021-10-27 Korea has won the bid for the 27th World Congress of Neurology (WCN 2025). The congress will be held from October 12-16, 2025, at Coex Convention Center in Seoul, with more than 6,000 delegates expected to attend.

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Korea Announces Plans to Host Yeosu World Island Exhibition in 2026 2021-08-19 Korea will host the Yeosu World Island Exhibition in 2026, under the theme 'Connecting the Island, Sea and the Future'.

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Korea Launches New Marketing Campaign for Korea Unique Venues 2021 2021-07-22 Korea MICE Bureau launches a new marketing campaign for Korea Unique Venues, including a set of promotional videos and SNS contents.

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Korea Prepares to Resume Tourism with New International Travel Expo 2021-06-14 Korea will debut a brand new comprehensive travel expo, Korea International Travel Expo (KITE 2021), combining four Korea tourism events under MICE, Korea Travel, Luxury Travel and Medical Wellness sectors this coming June 29 – July 13, 2021.

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Opening of EXCO 2nd Exhibition Hall in Daegu 2021-05-20 Daegu City held the Opening Ceremony of EXCO’s 2nd Exhibition Hall (East Wing) on April 28th at the plaza in front of the new exhibition hall.

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Korea Welcomes New Convention Center in Ulsan Metropolitan City 2021-04-23 Korea is set to unveil its newest convention center, Ulsan Exhibition and Convention Center (UECO) on April 29, 2021. UECO will be the 17th convention center in Korea, anticipated to turn the Southeastern Metropolitan City of Ulsan into the next hub for the Korean MICE industry.

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New Cultural Complex Opens in Seoul’s Yeouido District 2021-03-18 A new cultural complex, Parc.1, has opened in Seoul’s Yeouido district, combining business, shopping and leisure in one stop, with the opening of two high-rise office buildings, luxury hotel Fairmont Ambassador Seoul, and The Hyundai Seoul, a new concept shopping center.

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New Aquarium Marks Completion of Suwon MICE Complex 2021-02-15 The opening of a new aquarium, 'Aqua Planet Gwanggyo', completes the Suwon MICE Complex in Gyeonggi Province.

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638 Industry 5 Stunning Autumn Destinations in Korea for Outdoor Activities 2019-11-15 Hit:3263
637 Travel Silla Meets the World at Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2019-10-16 Hit:1024
636 Press Release Korea Secures 23rd International Federation of Automatic Control World Congress 2019-10-10 Hit:1254

Korea Secures 23rd International Federation of Automatic Control World Congress

 Pictured: Busan City (Credit: KTO Photo Gallery)


Korea has successfully won a bid to host a large-scale conference - the 23rd IFAC World Congress. The event will take place August 20 - 25 in 2026, welcoming approximately 3,500 delegates. The decision was unveiled during the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) board meeting held September 8, 2019, in Vienna.

Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), Busan Tourism Organization (BTO), and Control Robot Systems Society, Korea’s member of IFAC, supported the bid. In 2018, KTO appointed Vice President of IFAC, Professor Cho Dong-il, as the honorary Korea MICE Ambassador. In addition, KTO supported the bid by conducting site inspections and hosting events such as Korea Night. 

Founded in 1957, the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) is focused on automatic control and its representation in the fields of engineering, science and the impact of control technology on society. Its growing community includes members from 50 countries. Previous congresses were held in France (2017) and South Africa (2014). Next year’s Congress will be held in Berlin, Germany.

Meanwhile, KTO provides support for international meetings held in Korea which last more than three days, involve five participating countries, with over 100 foreign participants. For large-scale events that qualify for the international convention criteria with over 2,000 participants, KTO provides step-by-step customized support. Oh Choong-sub, Head of the Convention Team at Korea Tourism Organization, said, “At international conventions, a large number of experts visit Korea from overseas and conduct academic exchanges. This has significant effect not just on related industries in Korea, but on Korean tourism as well. Particularly, the IFAC World Congress in Busan will have significant impact on the local economy and help to raise global awareness about Korea.” 

To learn about how Korea MICE Bureau can support your international conferences, please visit the official website at www.koreaconvention.org or e-mail us at mice@knto.or.kr

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634 Notice Celebrating Hangeul Day 2019-10-07 Hit:989
633 Travel More Benefits Added to Discover Seoul Pass 2019-09-24 Hit:1031
632 Travel 2019 Fall Foliage in Korea Starts on September 27 2019-09-16 Hit:1015
631 Industry Gangwon-do Emerging as Incentive Travel Destination 2019-09-10 Hit:1014
630 Notice Ways to Enjoy the Korean Chuseok Holidays 2019-09-10 Hit:995
629 Press Release Korea to Develop South Jeolla Province into New MICE Destination 2019-09-10 Hit:1025